Jennifer Wen Ma (1973, Beijing, China) is a visual artist who moved to the United States in 1986 and received her Master of Fine Art degree in 1999 from Pratt Institute, New York. Ma works and lives between New York and Beijing. Ma’s interdisciplinary practice bridges varied media such as installation, drawing, video, public art, design, performance, and theatre; she often brings together unlikely elements in a single piece, creating sensitive, poetic and poignant works.
Projects with international institutions include: installation opera Paradise Interrupted, commissioned by Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival, and National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in 2015, also performed at the Temple of Dendur, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Market Square Public Art Program, Pittsburgh, 2015; Vancouver Art Gallery, 2014; Performa 13, New York, 2013; The Republic of China Centennial Grand Countdown, Taipei, 2010; Biennale of Sydney, 2010; Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Japan, 2009; Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain, 2009; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008; and the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 2008; among others.
Solo exhibitions include: Hanart Square, Hong Kong, 2013; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2012; Eslite Gallery, Taipei, 2012; and the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, 2009.
Permanent public installations include: Nature and Man in Rhapsody of Light at the Water Cube, The National Aquatic Center, Beijing, 2013; In-Between World—Daydream Nation, Digital Beijing Building, 2008; Aeolian Garden, city of Colle di Val d’Elsa, Italy, 2005, among others.
In 2008, Ma was one of the seven members on the core creative team for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics, and the chief designer for visual and special effects. She received an Emmy for the US broadcast of the ceremony.